Goniodiscaster vallei   (Koehler,  1910) (Starfish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Asteroidea

Size: Radius 38-70 mm.

In large specimens the abactinal plates are distinct only on the arms whereas in the small specimen all the abactinal plates including those on the disc are distinct. The supero-marginal plates of the small specimen has a single enlarged granule on each plate whereas in the large specimen 3-4 enlarged granules are found on the inner margin of each supero-marginal plate. Small bivalved pedicellariae are fairly common in the large specimen and in the small specimen they are rare. In the small specimen the ambulacral spines are arranged in 3 distinct rows whereas in large specimen they are arranged in two rows.

Synonym (s)
Goniodiscus vallei Koehler, 1910
Goniodiscaster vallei Doderlein, 1935
Goniodiscaster scaber James, 1986

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA
• Orissa, Ganjam Coast INDIA
• Bay of Bengal INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Ramakrishna; Sarkar, J and Talukdar, S (2003) Marine invertebrates of Digha coast and some recomendations on their conservation Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata 101(3-4) 1 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • James, DB (1996) Notes on the family Goniasteridae (Echinodermata: Asteroidea) from the Indian Seas Journal of Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 38(1&2) 133-138 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • James, DB (1989) Echinoderms of Lakshadweep and their zoogeography Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 97-144 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/8213/1/Bulletin_No_43.pdf

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